Reduce the risk of lead exposure by following these helpful guidelines:
If lead paint has been found in your house, eliminate contaminated dust by using a solution of TSP (trisodium phosphate) and water. Damp-mop floors and clean other surfaces with a cloth or sponge that will not be reused on dishes, eating, drinking, or cooking utensils.
Block painted windowsills and moldings with heavy furniture to keep children away.
Install vinyl siding over exterior lead-painted surfaces.
Plant grass for dust control.
Reduce children's contact with soil if your house was built before 1978 or is near a major highway.
Plant bushes near exterior walls to keep children away.
Test your water for lead safety through recommendations from local water suppliers or government agencies.
Run tap water for 60 seconds before using it whenever the water may have been standing a while.
Use cold water for drinking, cooking, and making infant formula because it carries less lead. (Boiling the water concentrates the lead.)
Check pottery, china, and leaded glassware for lead content.